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Criminal Mischief (06/28/2017)

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Arrest made in Bangor car burglaries

BANGOR - As a result of a weeklong investigation into motor vehicle burglaries, officers with the Bangor Police Department have arrested and charged a Bangor man in connection with at least four of the reported incidents.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on June 23, members of the Special Enforcement Team arrested 34-year-old Matthew Wiley of Bangor near the Rite Aid Pharmacy located at Third and Union Streets in Bangor.

Wiley is charged with three counts of Burglary to a Motor Vehicle (Class C) and one count of Burglary to a Motor Vehicle (Class B). He has also been charged with Violation of Bail Conditions (Class E).  Wiley was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

For safety, the Bangor Police Department urges residents to take all valuables out of their motor vehicles and to make sure all your doors are locked when away from their automobiles.

Wrong way driver on the Turnpike

SABATTUS - A State Trooper was slightly injured recently when he was forced to drive his cruiser into a car headed in the wrong direction on the Maine Turnpike in Sabattus.  

Trooper Lee Vanadestine encountered the car about 10 p.m. on the night of June 26. The vehicle was driving along a construction area in the southbound lane in Sabattus. The Trooper pulled his cruiser alongside the car and then forced it into the median guardrail.  

The driver, 67-year-old Steven Burns of Augusta, told troopers he was confused. He apparently had entered the turnpike at the Sabattus exit and driven four miles in the wrong direction.   A number of calls were received from other motorists to report the wayward, erratic driver. Vanadestine had bumps and bruises but did not require hospitalization. Burns was not injured.  

No immediate charges were filed against Burns, but the incident will be reviewed. In addition, there is a plan to notify the Secretary of State’s Office to have Burns’ driver’s license status also reviewed.

Explosion in Lincoln

LINCOLN – A Lincoln man is dead after an explosion took place in the basement of his home on Stanhope Drive.

The explosion killed the homeowner, who has been experimenting with explosives in recent months, according to family members and neighbors. The explosion took place at around 7p.m. on the night of June 21; the man's body was subsequently found in the basement. He has been identified as 67-year-old Robert Stuart.

Members of the bomb team arrived at the home and were expected to enter the basement in order to make sure the area is safe.  Fire Marshals will then investigate the incident.   An initial assessment by fire marshals indicated there was little damage to the house.

The State Police bomb team found five IEDs in the basement and exploded them in Stuart’s backyard, along with other bomb-making material. Stuart’s wife, Sarah, was home at the time of the explosion and called first responders. She told investigators that her husband told her he had been making the devices to blow up tree stumps. . 

Investigators notified the FBI and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to assist in the investigation by way of tracking down where and when Stuart may have purchased the bomb-making materia.  In addition to fire marshals and State Police, the Lincoln police and fire departments also responded.

Big drug bust in Sanford

SANFORD - Maine Drug Enforcement Agents have seized nearly three pounds of cocaine and heroin/fentanyl in Sanford and arrested three men from Massachusetts and a local man. The drugs were destined to be resold in York County and in greater Brunswick, according to a news release.

The men arrested are: Nathan Frechette (39) of Sanford, Luis Rosario-Diaz (21) of Lawrence, Massachusetts and Yarlin Garcia (24) and Pedro Igyedi (21), both of Lowell, Massachusetts. All four men were charged with Aggravated Trafficking in a Scheduled Drug (Cocaine), a Class A crime.

Drug agents have been working on this case for the past two months; the investigation revealed that the drugs were coming into Maine from Lawrence and Lowell. The group would sell coke and heroin by the pound to Frechette, who would then re-sell the drugs.

On the afternoon of June 20, agents searched Frechette’s residence at 19 Nason Street in Sanford. Seized were drugs, a handgun, a sawed-off shotgun and over $35,000 dollars in suspected drug proceeds. Frechette was arrested without incident and transported to the York County Jail.

Late on that same night, the three Massachustts men were arrested at they arrived in Frechette’s home from Lowell. Found hidden in the engine compartment of the rental vehicle they were in was 1.25 pounds of cocaine and over a pound and a half of heroin/fentanyl. Garcia, Igyedi and Rosario-Diaz were taken to the York County Jail.

Bail for all four men was set at $50,000 cash. Additional charges are likely to be lodged against the men once drug testing has been completed on the heroin. The street value of the seized drugs is in excess of $140,000.

Working with MDEA on this case was the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, State and Sanford Police and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division.

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